Drywall Finisher

Join the IUPAT Drywall Finishing Apprenticeship Program!
Learn your new career in the IUPAT – and get paid for it!

Drywall finishers (or tapers) prepare unfinished interior drywall panels for painting by taping and finishing joints and imperfections.

Drywall consists of a thin layer of gypsum between two layers of heavy paper; it is used on walls and ceilings in most buildings today because it is faster to apply than plaster and gives a professional finish when completed.

Using the wide, flat tip of a special trowel, drywall finishers spread joint compound into and along each side of the joint between two hung drywall panels and use a paper tape to cover the seams between panels, resulting in a uniform and almost perfect surface.

Benefits of Being an IUPAT Drywall Finisher

Health Insurance

Painters and Allied Trades members and their families are eligible to participate in our affiliate health insurance plans.


The Painters and Allied Trades Industry Pension Fund provides you with a secure retirement plan. Members qualify for full retirement benefits at age 55 with 30 years of credited service.

Representation on the Job

Your union will make certain your rights are protected on the job. That means you’ll get paid what you’re supposed to get paid, on time. It also means you’ll have the right training and equipment to get the job done safely.

Continuing Education

All members of the IUPAT are eligible to pursue advanced career training and even college credits in our program. The Finishing Trades Institute offers continuing education programs for its members that allow them to earn college credits toward an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree.

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Earn While You Learn

As an IUPAT Drywall Finisher apprentice, you will work in the classroom and in the training lab...but you will also be using your new skills on-the-job...earning a wage at the same time.

What's more, as you progress in the apprenticeship program, you will also earn raises in pay.

Training and Education

The Finishing Trades Institute is the training and education department for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. The FTI oversees the Painters apprenticeship training program, teaching the painting trade through an intensive 4-year, hands-on apprenticeship.

The FTI will not only give you the skills to do your job, it will make sure you do your job safely. The IUPAT requires all of its new members to undergo extensive safety training to make certain our job sites are the safest in the industry.